Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished

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Posted: May 23, 2015 1:30 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fire that burned for more than a day on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast was extinguished early Saturday, the Coast Guard said.

The fire was on a platform in Breton Sound near environmentally delicate barrier islands off the state's southeast coast. It was reported out around 6 a.m. after firefighting crews boarded the platform, Petty Officer Carlos Vega said.

The fire had been reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday by an offshore supply vessel that evacuated 28 workers.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard reported that a light sheen of oil near the site appeared to be dissipating and moving away from the Breton National Wildlife Refuge on the nearby barrier islands.

Vega said there were no reports of oil reaching shore or harming wildlife. Crews with containment boom and skimmers remained on the scene while cleanup and repair work was underway. Authorities estimate that storage tanks on the platform contain roughly 5,000 gallons of oil — well below the platform's storage capacity of 168,000 gallons.

Texas Petroleum Investment Co., the owner and operator of the platform, said Friday that a compressor on the platform is believed to have caught fire. The cause was under investigation.

The platform, which was shut down after the fire, is used to gather some 90,000 gallons of oil a day from a field of 50 to 60 wells in the area, David Marguiles, spokesman for Texas Petroleum Investment, said in a Friday news release.